We pay homage to our past with the silhouette of a tree in the background of our crest, which was the first image to ever represent the park district back in the 1960's. This tree has embodied the strength, wisdom, life and growth of our community. The edge of the shield signifies the blades of grass onto the earth in which our deeply set roots have been able to flourish. The focal point of the crest represents us, the people of Downers Grove, emerging from the past and into the future. Our soccer program, established in 1968, looks to the sky through the eyes of the community with a new sense of vitality and evolution.
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The Downers Grove Park District has introduced the practice grid concept to its players in the youth soccer league. These grids were created to help coaches and players transition to the small sided games mentality. Ultimately, it is our goal to help develop player technique, tactical intelligence and mental speed though this concept.
Benefits of playing in smaller spaces:
More touches on the ball
Playing in smaller spaces results in more touches each player receives during play. As the number of touches increases, footwork development increases.
Quicker decision making
Players are forced to think quicker due to less reaction time in a smaller area of space. In order to keep possession of the ball while under pressure, players have think creatively while moving on and off the ball to create the space needed to retain or recover the ball.
One practice grid can be split into multiple quadrants where groups of players can train at the same time. See images below. There are several types of situational possession drills to create in a small space; 1v1 or 2v1, 2v2, 3v3 etc. More passing options are created as the number of players increase in the space. The level of difficulty to retain possession also increases with each added player.
Overall, the practice grids will enhance technical and tactical skills as players adjust to the speed of play and dimensions of the playing area. This new mentality will ultimately improve their performance during league play on a full field.